Martin Carthy | 11 August 2017

Friday 11th August 2017 - 20:15
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For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals’ music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.

He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

`Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’ Q Magazine

‘Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.’ The Telegraph

Gemma Khawaja | 28 July 2017

Friday 28th July 2017 - 20:15
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A wonderful singer and guitarist from the Midlands (now based in Norfolk), who performs traditional songs of the British Isles, and creates new songs inspired by folklore and poetry.

Gemma won Islington Folk Club’s Trad2Mad competition in 2013, since when she has been increasingly in-demand at folk clubs and festivals.

Maggie Holland | 14 July 2017

Friday 14th July 2017 - 20:15 
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A superb singer, guitarist and banjo player, Maggie is also the writer of some of the very finest contemporary songs, including ‘A Place Called England’ , for which she was honoured for ‘Best Original Song,’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000, and ‘Perfumes Of Arabia’,’which was recorded by Martin Carthy.